Earth Sciences

As of Fall 2016, Earth & Environment is no longer accepting students in to the BA in Earth Sciences program. Students who are currently in the program should see the following requirements. Students interested in a degree in Earth Sciences should check out our exciting new major in Earth & Environmental Sciences.

The earth sciences major provides the student with a broad earth sciences background in preparation for graduate study or entry-level professional employment. A major in earth sciences requires the completion of 15 courses approved by the department, with a grade of C or better in each of the required courses. In addition, the student must pass an approved summer field course.

Required Courses

  • One 100-level: ES 101, 105, 140, 142, 144, or GE 104
  • Three 200–300-level: 222, 301, 317, 331, 333, and whichever of 302 or 351 is not taken below.
  • Two 400–500-level: (exclusive of 401, 402, 491, 492)
  • Field Course: ES 500 (summer) or other approved field course
  • Three required: ES 302 or 351, 360, 371
  • For research experience, students are encouraged to enroll in: ES 401, 402; ES 491, 492

Required Related Courses

  • Mathematics requirement: MA 123 and MA 124, or MA 127, or MA 129
  • Chemistry requirement: CH 101 and CH 102, or CH 111, CH 112
  • Physics requirement: PY 211 and PY 212, or PY 251, PY 252
  • Note: BI 107 may, in some circumstances, be used to satisfy earth sciences major requirements with prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.